Peel Ports to Develop Offshore Wind Hub in Scotland

Operator Earmarks Up To £150 million for Hunterston Marine Yard Overhaul

Peel Ports is planning to invest a “game-changing” £150 million to convert its Hunterston marine yard in Ayrshire, Scotland into a world-class hub for the UK’s thriving offshore wind sector.

The company said the Hunterston PARC site was being prepared for occupancy as it seeks to attract “major offshore wind projects” amid growing demand for the offshore wind supply chain on the UK’s west coast.

A formal planning application for the redevelopment of the 90-acre site has already been submitted, with a competitive tender process for developers launching in the coming days. The works will include substantial upgrades to the marine yard and utility services, including infilling the current dry-dock basin and construction of a new quay wall.

“Scotland already has the reputation, infrastructure and talent needed to support offshore renewable energy projects and meet our national aspirations for the environment and green jobs – we can make that vision a reality if businesses like ours are willing to invest and work together to make it happen,” said Lewis McIntyre, managing director – port services at Peel Ports Group.

“Our plans for Hunterston reflect our ambitions for a net-zero future, supporting offshore wind developments along the west coast of the UK and the east coast of Ireland, as well as supporting our local construction partners.”

Planning permission, marine licenses and other consents are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with construction work taking two years, the company said.

Peel Ports Group is the UK’s second largest port operator, handling a combined 70 million tons of cargo per year. The company is operational in Clydeport, Liverpool, Great Yarmouth, Heysham, London Medway, the Manchester Ship Canal and the Humber Bulk Terminal.

TOP PHOTO: CGI mock-up of the Hunterston wind hub. CREDIT: Peel Ports